Home > Announcement > Ireland’s Autism Charity welcomes publication of priorities for action by Minister for Special Education

Ireland’s Autism Charity welcomes publication of priorities for action by Minister for Special Education

 

Plan provides an important roadmap which now must be backed up with targets, investment and action

 

Thursday 24th September AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has welcomed the publication today of priorities for action to reform special education provision in Ireland. The priorities, published by Minister Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, set out a number of key themes for reform including:

 

  • Updating the Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act, 2004
  • Rolling out staff training in inclusive education
  • Engaging with students with disabilities 
  • Developing a School Inclusion Model including an in-school therapy service
  • Long-term planning for the provision of appropriate special class and school placements
  • Further recruitment of Special Needs Assistants

 

The Minister’s announcement is here 

 

Responding to the announcement AsIAm CEO, Adam Harris, said “The Priorities for Action announced by Minister Madigan today set out to address a number of the critical issues we have raised with the Minister, and the Department, since her appointment. In particular, it is welcome to see the Minister’s commitment to improving provision of special class and school placements and the development of a rights based, inclusive education system more generally”

 

“We have come a long way since the EPSEN Act of 2004 was passed. Autism awareness has greatly increased as have the number of children on the autism spectrum attending a mainstream school (86% of autistic students), including those in special classes. However, major gaps and disparity remain. You cannot create an inclusive education system simply by permitting students attend a school.This  requires a change in school culture, listening to the experiences of autistic students and those with other disabilities and ensuring that the supports which enable inclusion are provided as rights not privileges” he continued

 

The Minister has said these priorities for action are to be underpinned by key targets and metrics and a more detailed plan is expected to be developed, after further consultation and engagement with stakeholders.

 

“The publication of these priorities for action sets out a clear pathway forward and we warmly welcome the Minister’s recent engagement with us and reflection of our priorities. Many families will be aware that in years gone by there has been a plethora of plans, proposals and policies which have failed to be implemented, commenced or fully delivered – up to and including the EPSEN Act, 2004. That is why it is essential that the Minister and her officials now move quickly to create a costed implementation plan with key dates, milestones and targets. This plan should be developed in partnership with key stakeholders who should also be engaged in a stakeholder forum to formally provide feedback, monitor implementation and liaise directly with the Minister”

 

“Today is an important step towards a truly inclusive education system” Mr Harris concluded

by - 24 September, 2020

Last updated by - September 17, 2021

in Announcement, Education, Press Release, Special Education

Can this be improved? Contact webeditor@asiam.ie if you have any suggestions for this article.
You May ALso Like

AsIAm Announce Appointment of New Chairman

by - 21 October, 2021

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this week, AsIAm officially appointed Alan Cox as the new cha...[...]

Regional Group Dail Eireann Autism Bill

Explainer: What Did This Morning’s Regional Group Autism Bill Motion in the Dáil Mean?

by - 20 October, 2021

Minister for State Anne-Rabbite thanks Regional Group for motion and argues that more time is nee...[...]

‘Autism is not a health issue; it is a human rights issue’- Autism Bill to be debated in Dáil Morning of Wednesday 20th October

by - 19 October, 2021

The Regional Group of TDs intend to support and progress the Autism Bill through second stage dur...[...]

AsIAm Seeks Meeting With Department of Education About Banked Hours Decision

by - 11 October, 2021

AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, has today written to the Department of Education to req...[...]

Update on exclusion of special classes and schools from changes to test and trace policy

by - 23 September, 2021

UPDATE This evening we attended a useful meeting with Department of Education and Public Healt...[...]

Excluding children in special classes and schools from changes to test and trace policies is “flagrant discrimination”

by - 23 September, 2021

Students with additional needs will be required to remain at home if a close contact, despite no ...[...]

Reduced School Timetables

Latest Guidelines on Reduced School Timetables

by - 22 September, 2021

Last week, the Department of Education published the latest guidelines to provide clarity surroun...[...]

AsIAm adult wellbeing

Launch of AsIAm Adult Support and Wellbeing Programme

by - 16 September, 2021

Today, 16th September 2021, AsIAm is delighted to announce the launch of its new Adult Support an...[...]

autistic starting college

Website Launched for Autistic Students Starting College

by - 30 August, 2021

New website launched to support autistic students starting college this September Autism Frien...[...]

Autism Creative Writing

Fighting Words Fully Accredited As Autism Friendly

by - 9 July, 2021

Fighting Words is now an autism friendly organization, ensuring autistic youth nationwide will al...[...]

north wicklow educate together principal billy redmond autism friendly school management

Billy Redmond: Principal of an Autism Friendly School

by - 7 July, 2021

After talking to Lorraine Kelly of North Wicklow Educate Together School, we had a word with its ...[...]

Lorraine Kelly Autism Friendly Teaching

Autism Friendly Teaching: Lorraine Kelly

by - 21 June, 2021

After diagnostic or clinical supports, education is an institution which will take up the largest...[...]

covid-19 disabilities health education

Statement on impact of Covid on people with disabilities in health & education

by - 17 June, 2021

AsIAm Statement ahead of Dáil Debate on impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities in health ...[...]

Dealing with exam stress

by - 8 June, 2021

Exam times can be very stressful for everyone and sometimes stress can be overwhelming. Stress is...[...]

AsIAm welcome Expansion of the Summer Provision Programme

by - 11 May, 2021

AsIAm, Ireland's National Autism Charity, has today warmly welcomed the announcement by the Gover...[...]

NCI Autism Friendly

National College of Ireland accredited as Autism Friendly HEI

by - 20 April, 2021

National College of Ireland (NCI) has been accredited as an Autism Friendly Higher Education Inst...[...]

autism resources Gaelige

Gaeloideachas and AsIAm partner to release autism resources as Gaelige!

by - 19 April, 2021

AsIAm is delighted to announce the launch of 22 autism resources as Gaelige, made in consultation...[...]

autistic students state exams receive examrevision membership for month of April

ExamRevision.ie Grants Free Access to Autism ID Cardholders

by - 9 April, 2021

AsIAm is pleased to announce that ExamRevision.ie, will be offering free access to holders of our...[...]

Letter to Ministers Donnelly and Rabbite Regarding Dossiers Collected on Autistic Children

by - 26 March, 2021

We've written to Minsters Stephen Donnelly and Anne Rabbitte asking for an urgent meeting to disc...[...]

Autism Friendly Schools Second Year

Autism Friendly Schools: Our Work So Far

by - 19 March, 2021

Since its introduction in 2019, AsIAm's Autism Friendly Schools Project has aimed to support scho...[...]

return to school

Disability & Carers Groups Secure Commitment From Ministers Foley And Madigan

by - 19 March, 2021

Groups highlighted to Ministers members anger and disappointment at being left behind in the retu...[...]

schools re-open

No consultation on changes to school re-opening plan that will negatively affect 20,000 children with additional needs – Disability and Family Carer Groups

by - 19 March, 2021

Representative groups waiting over a month for engagement from Government on special education is...[...]

Webinar: Accessing Education under the UNCRPD in Ireland

by - 19 March, 2021

Welcome to the first of two webinars we're hosting on accessing supports under the UN Convention ...[...]

SuperValu & AsIAm’s Bridge Back to School Returns to SuperValu stores Nationwide

by - 19 March, 2021

Autism friendly learning resource Bridge Back to School Resource Available in all 223 SuperValu s...[...]

New #ChildrensFuturesIRL campaign focuses on children’s right to an adequate education

by - 19 March, 2021

  New #ChildrensFuturesIRL campaign focuses on children’s right to an adequate education ...[...]

supplementary education

Explainer: Supplementary Education Programme

by - 19 March, 2021

What is this?  The Department of Education, along with relevant education stakeholders, has begu...[...]

return to special education

Partial return to special education ‘a mixed day’ for families – Disability, Children’s and Family Carer groups

by - 11 February, 2021

Seven leading advocacy organisations, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Inclus...[...]

Students with additional needs face new challenges during COVID-19

by - 15 December, 2020

•   41% of families state their child’s needs more support •   22% of families state their chil...[...]

AsIAm Letter to Minister Foley Re: Class Rankings

by - 25 September, 2020

AsIAm has written to Minister Norma Foley today, expressing our concern at the Department of Ed...[...]

Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds

by - 18 September, 2020

Autistic families concerned about the return to school, survey finds 77% of families feel ...[...]

Autism and College Drop Out

by - 11 June, 2020

 Between the sensory changes, new routines and demanding workloads, starting university can be es...[...]

NCI Reaches Autism Friendly University Status This Month!

by - 2 October, 2019

We're currently  currently working towards Autism-Friendly Status with National College of Irelan...[...]

Autism and Higher Education: Steve Silberman and Dr. Magda Mostafa

by - 25 September, 2019

AsIAm recently hosted an informal discussion for autism and higher education. The session began w...[...]

Explainer: New Rules for Irish Language Exemptions

by - 12 August, 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills announced a rehaul of the criteria for granting exemptions ...[...]

Majority of Irish Support Autistic People in Jobs, Schools and the Community, but Don’t Understand Autism Well, survey finds

by - 2 April, 2019

Irish people show strong positive support for autistic people in schools, employment and society ...[...]

What Strategies can I use for my Non-Verbal Child to ease their Transition?

by - 28 September, 2018

All autistic children experience challenges in communication. While many might have an extensive ...[...]

How Can I Apply for a Special Needs Assistant (SNA)?

by - 20 September, 2018

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has just completed a review of the Special Need...[...]

How can My Child Be Supported if They’re Having a Meltdown?

by - 20 September, 2018

Research continues to tell us that we must view ‘challenging behaviour’ as a way in which the chi...[...]

How can I Explain My Child’s Sensory Needs to their New Teacher?

by - 19 September, 2018

Your child’s teacher may already be aware of autistic children's sensory needs. However, if your ...[...]

What’s an Individual Education Plan (IEP) & how can I Set One Up for My Child?

by - 18 September, 2018

An Individual Education Plan, often referred to as an ‘IEP’, is a plan to support your child’s le...[...]

What can I Do if my Child Doesn’t Want to go Back to School?

by - 14 September, 2018

Dr Emer Ring is the Head of the Department of Reflective Pedacology and Early Childhood Studies a...[...]

How can I help Ease My Child Back into the School Routine from Home?

by - 11 September, 2018

We all struggle getting back into our regular routine after holidays and for autistic children, w...[...]

What Resources are Available to Support Families on their Transitions in School?

by - 7 September, 2018

There is a wide range of resources available to support parents and children on this exciting jou...[...]

Is it a Good Idea to Arrange a Meeting with their Teacher? If so, What Should I Ask?

by - 4 September, 2018

It is a really good idea and absolutely essential to arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher,...[...]

Are there Things I can do at Home to Prepare my Child for Starting School?

by - 31 August, 2018

Parents and families are preparing their children for school from the day they are born and not j...[...]

What are the Most Important Things to Consider when Choosing a School for my Child?

by - 29 August, 2018

Starting school is one of the biggest events in both a family member's and a child's life. All be...[...]

Kevin Hanley: Back to Routine!

by - 27 August, 2018

Returning to routine after a break can be a tough one to get your head around, especially after a...[...]

NCSE’s Review of Special Needs Assistants Explained

by - 31 May, 2018

This week, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) launched its review into the Special...[...]

DCU Launches First Ever Autism-Friendly Campus

by - 22 March, 2018

Dublin City University was recognised as the world’s first autism-friendly university by AsIAm to...[...]

Was this article helpful?